Welcome to the award winning Vet Buzz, DogTrekker.com’s pet health blog with the latest in veterinary medicine, valuable tips and seasonal guidelines to keep your dog safe and healthy at home and on the road. Whether it is caring for an elderly dog, holistic approaches to health care, toxic algae blooms or tick and rattlesnake warnings, our Vet Buzz contributors have you covered.

How to Remove A Tick

By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital Ticks are gross. They carry diseases, and they are literal blood-sucking parasites. Their entire life is dedicated to waiting until an unsuspecting host walks by, jumping on said host and sucking them dry. Eww.  Read more.

Good and bad of dog kisses

Photo by Tony Alter (cc).
By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital Think your dog may be a good candidate for the Valentine's Day kissing booth? Let's take a quick look at what goes on inside your dog's mouth before you sign him up.  Read more.

Winter woes and wags

By Aaron Teixeira, MSc Shelter Behavior Manager, SF SPCA With winter now in full effect, cold rain, snow and ice can complicate our dogs’ exercise routines. Regardless of the weather, it is important to remember that our dogs still need daily exercise for physical and mental wellbeing.  Read more.

Paring Down Your Portly Pup

By Chris Pitts, RVT at Broadway Animal Hospital Feeling like your dog might be a little plump? If you can't see a waistline on your dog. If you cannot feel his ribs under his chubs, then you might be right.  Read more.

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve probably seen him eat grass and wondered why. The old myth that “dogs eat grass to relieve an upset stomach” doesn’t quite appear to be true.  Read more.

Shedding Concerns

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine Aside from being the largest organ, skin also plays a critical role in health and, equally, is reflective of your dog’s health. Because of selective breeding, many dog breeds have developed different types of fur with varying maintenance and grooming requirements. All dog coats, however, require a balance of high quality nut  Read more.

Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet’s Office

By Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist After giving us a lifetime of unconditional love, devotion, and loyalty, dogs carry only one fault. And that one fault is that they just don’t live as long as we often hope. So, after receiving a lifetime of beauty and selflessness, how do we honor them in their darkest hour? In fact, one of the most compassionate actions   Read more.

Vet Buzz: Healing, Health and Happiness for Your Dog

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, Claremont Veterinary Hospital Advances in veterinary care continue to help us take care better of our four-legged kids. More research has lead to a wider menu of options for treating your dog's challenges, including trauma, pain, osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, anxiety and neurological inflammation.   An exciting new device that offers a safe, scientificall  Read more.

How We Know Dogs Can Feel Our Emotional Stress

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine It’s hard not to feel stressed in today’s environment. So, of course, it makes sense to turn to our fluffy companions for a daily dose of love, affection, and stress reduction. But the same qualities that make dogs such great companions also make them highly attuned to our emotions and behaviors.    Read more.

Vet Buzz: Fireworks anxiety

Your dog's sense of hearing is one of his best strengths, but when it comes to those glorious loud kabooms on the fourth of July, his hearing is his greatest foe. To him, those explosions sound like a 747 landed in the front yard, and may send him hiding under the bed, urinating on the floor or chewing up the door frame to escape.  Read more.

Vet Buzz: Foxtail

By Sophie Liu, DVM “Foxtails” are the colloquial term for the seed-dispersal unit of a common weed, often called “grass awns” in other parts of the country. Once inside the body, foxtails usually require immediate veterinary care to manually remove them.  Read more.

Vet Buzz: Pyometra

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Pyometra refers to an infection of the uterus. It is a very serious and life threatening condition requiring immediate medical intervention. Pyometra is preventable.  Read more.

Finding the Right Vet

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Finding the right veterinarian can be a stressful process. It is important that both you and your furry companion connect and trust the doctor you choose.  Read more.

What to Do If You Are Allergic to Your Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital Finding out you are allergic to your dog is an absolute bummer. You're a dog person. You snuggle in the evenings, get out on the weekends, trade goofy dog memes with friends. All that is gone now that you found out you are allergic to your dog... or maybe not. There are a lot of questions that need answering.  Read more.

What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital You wonderful person, you found a lost dog and now you want to find this lost dog's human. If the dog has a collar and a tag, locating the human is usually a no-brainer. But what about when the phone number on the tag is out of order or there is no collar or tag to refer to? Don't worry, there are options.  Read more.

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